Indigenous Governance Certificate

Ideal for either those interested in starting tIdeal for those interested in starting their leadership training, or as professional development for those already well into their careers.

Program Details

Through the renewal of Indigenous knowledge, the Indigenous Governance Certificate provides a strong leadership foundation for those seeking to work, or are already working in, an Indigenous governance context. Students who have completed their YTC Indigenous Administration Diploma (or equivalent) may be eligible to earn their Indigenous Bachelor of Administration and Governance upon completion of this program. See our Indigenous Bachelor of Administration page for details.


This one year (30 credit) certificate program is ideal for either those interested in starting their leadership training, or as a professional development for those already into their careers. With courses scheduled during weeknights and weekends, the Indigenous Governance student can work while they pursue their education. Learners will strengthen their engagement with Indigenous ceremonial life, absorb teachings from Elders and the land, and immerse themselves in Indigenous political philosophy while working on their personal regeneration and envisioning ways to engage communities through governance. The program will blend skill creation in the areas of writing, research, finance, and the use of technology with the critical thinking skills necessary for decolonizing Indigenous leadership and governance practices. The program also invites participants to look critically at ongoing colonial relations with settler peoples and governments in order to find transformative pathways for change and restoration of Indigenous nationhood. This is achieved by enhancing foundational leadership skills with Indigenous wisdom connected to a ceremonial way of life as a way of re-envisioning Indigenous governance. 


Admission requirements

Certificate Route Applicants

  • Alberta High School Diploma with 65% in Math 30, and a 30-level English
  • University or College course credits can be accepted as equivalent to a high school diploma, or
  • Mature Student Status: Age 21 and over and a skills appraisal in Math and English, or 
  • Consent of the department 

Bachelor's Route Applicants

Completion of the Yellowhead Tribal College Indigenous Administration Diploma or other approved post-secondary diploma in business/admininstration/management

Courses offered in Indigenous Governance Certificate